What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? Despite how cliché it sounds, Huawei has apparently taken these words to heart. In a shocking report, the Chinese company has apparently overtaken Samsung as the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer.
According to Counterpoint Research, Huawei claimed the lion’s share of the market this April, finishing a sales run above Samsung and Apple. The company captured 21.4 percent of the global market, jumping from 17 percent in March.
Meanwhile, Samsung succumbed to only 19.1 percent of the market, which is still a big figure by itself. However, the South Korean company notably dipped by 29 percent from their sales in March. Apple’s sales also dropped by 19 percent from March.
For years, Huawei hovered between second and third place, never quite pushing it past Samsung in first place. Ever since Huawei broke the top three rankings, the company always aimed to climb atop everyone else in the next few years. Thanks to a tumultuous pandemic era, it has finally claimed the top spot.
Ironically, Huawei is still reeling from massive opposition on American soil. The company is still facing bans and lawsuits abroad. Based solely on this information, one can reasonably expect Huawei’s brand to take a huge hit, resulting in a decline in smartphone sales. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
Based on the same April report, Huawei enjoyed climbing sales in China, which offset any damage it incurred abroad. On the other hand, both Samsung and Apple took hits because of the global pandemic, especially in the wake of closed retailers and stalled manufacturing. It’s a maelstrom of forces aligning in favor of Huawei’s dominance.
However, despite Huawei’s finalized victory, it remains to be seen whether the company will keep the torch after the pandemic ends. If Huawei can claim the top spot amidst towering adversity, anything can happen.
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iPhone 12 causes Apple’s revenue to go up
Popular among those upgrading from old iPhones
Apple’s first fiscal quarter is done. As the pandemic slowly but surely calms down, smartphones are also slowly going back into the forefront of everyone’s minds — that is, if everyone still has money. Apparently, they still do. According to their recent earnings report, Apple exceeded its revenue expectations this year. Plus, a lot of their recent success came from those upgrading from older phones to the iPhone 12.
Specifically, Apple earned US$ 111.4 billion in revenue, which is up 21 percent year over year from this time last year. Tim Cook attributes the success to the company’s new product lineup that came out last year. Back in October, Apple launched the iPhone 12 lineup.
Though the lineup was largely controversial because of the lack of a free charging adapter, apparently, everyone still liked it. Naturally, Apple won’t release any detailed breakdown of its sales. However, it’s easy to surmise that the new iPhone caused a major upswing in Apple’s sales.
According to Cook, a lot of the sales came from Android switchers and upgraders. While switchers have previously dominated the iPhone SE market, Cook confirms that the iPhone 12 drew in a lot of upgraders. As expected, the charger-less lineup attracted existing iPhone users who already have charging adapters. Meanwhile, Android users haven’t turned to the iPhone 12 that much.
Carl Pei launches literally Nothing
Nope. Nada. Nothing.
Yesterday, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei announced the launch of his latest business venture. After a few months since his departure from his company, the founder is finally ready to unveil his next project. Well, it’s finally here, and it’s… Nothing. Absolutely Nothing. Literally.
Carl Pei’s new business, called Nothing, will deal with smart devices and will eventually release devices sometime during the first half of 2021. Unfortunately, Pei has not explained exactly what those devices will look like. In fact, everything we know so far is wrapped in secrecy.
If it’s any indication, the company was heavily seeded by Tony Fadell, the inventor of the iPod. Likewise, Pei is a guru of audio technology, having developed OnePlus’ audio peripherals. For now, though, Pei’s Nothing is a mystery.
At the very least, Pei has announced that the devices will sweep across different industries and will eventually create its own ecosystem of devices. Currently, the company is still reportedly building its
The company’s website — simply Nothing.tech — only redirects to a video and a landing page for an email newsletter. Whatever it is, we’ll have to wait for when it eventually comes out.
OnePlus founder Carl Pei to launch his new company very soon
Something to do with the audio industry
Last year, OnePlus, despite a renewed push for an expansive product lineup, shifted a massive portion of its head honchos around. Late last year, for one, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei left the company for a then-unknown business venture. Now, we have an idea of what it is. Posted directly from the source, Pei is announcing his new business very, very soon.
On Twitter, Pei posted the official announcement: “Our new brand will be announced tomorrow at 11am London time.” That was almost 12 hours ago at the time of this writing, meaning the official announcement is coming practically 12 hours from now.
Our new brand will be announced tomorrow at 11am London time ⏱
— Carl Pei (@getpeid) January 26, 2021
According to previous posts from the OnePlus founder, the new business venture will play around in the audio industry including music devices and accessories. Pei is already a known player in the industry, having spearheaded OnePlus’ forays into the audio business. Before he left, he presented the company’s take on wireless earbuds, the OnePlus Buds.
By creating a new company, Pei can focus on audio full-time. However, at this point, no one knows what the company will specifically make or even what it is called. All we know is that some investors seeded the venture with US$ 7 million.
Besides Pei, fellow co-founder Pete Lau also “exited” the company, albeit still working with other BKK companies in a joint venture to sync all of them together.
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